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Title: In a Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 6 Oct 2020

Synopsis from Goodreads

One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.

Review

In a Holidaze is absolutely adorable, the perfect story to lift you spirits in these trying times. Groundhog Day with a Christmas twist plus cute characters, what more could you wish for.

Every year Mae’s family and their college friends spend Christmas together in a cute cabin in Utah. Only this year might be their last because of the increasing maintenance cost of the cabin. However, events conspire to let Mae relive the holiday over and over again, Groundhog Day style. But what exactly is Mae supposed to learn from each time she relives the holiday. What would truly make her happy!! Isn’t that the question we all ask ourselves at one time or another? Sometimes, it would be really useful to get a do-over.

Mae is stuck in a rut from her job to the unrequited love she has for Andrew, so what can she do to improve her life. With each revisit of the holiday Mae learns more about herself and her own happiness by stepping outside her comfort zone. Trying new ways of doing things can often be a reward in itself, not just for Mae but for all the people she shares the holiday with.

I loved how all of the puzzle pieces fell into place and how happiness can spread from person to person (cheesy maybe but true).

In a Holidaze is romantic and heart-warming making you realise that while tradition has its place, change is also often a good thing and not to be feared. Everything happens for a reason!!!!